Publicity Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Playing The Ukulele For “Some Like It Hot” In 1959

In 1959, near the end of her extraordinary career, Marilyn Monroe starred in Some Like It Hot, widely considered one of the greatest film comedies of all time. Continue reading »

When LIFE Magazine Received Pics Of Still-Unknown Marilyn Monroe, They Replied “WTH Is Marilyn Monroe”

The photos were taken in 1950 with a still unknown Marilyn, by a Life Magazine photographer Ed Clark, at the suggestion of a friend of 20th Century Fox telling of the new hiring of the studios. Continue reading »

Photographer Daniel Sachon Imagines What Marilyn Monroe Would Be Like Today

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A photographer has imagined what screen icon Marilyn Monroe would be like today – and no doubt she’d love Instagram. Daniel Sachon, a student at Central St Martins, in London, created his first solo exhibition with Suzie Kennedy, an English model who looks remarkably similar to the blonde bombshell. In the exhibition, titled ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ Marilyn is seen brandishing a Starbucks coffee like so many celebrities papped now and flicking through her iPhone. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: The Snowy Marilyn

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University students create an image of Marilyn Monroe by clearing snow on a soccer pitch, in Changchun, Jilin province, China, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
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In Bed with Marilyn Monroe

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Perhaps it was her girlish, whispery voice; or the way her eyes danced when she smiled; or how she seemed to have an unearthly glow about her. Whatever the reason, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most glamorous, seductive, and charming women in Hollywood history. Continue reading »

Rare And Beautiful Portrait Photography Of Marilyn Monroe From The 1950s

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A collection of rare and beautiful black-white portraits of Marilyn Monroe from the 1950s. Continue reading »

Marilyn Monroe Fronts Sexy Hair Campaign

Hair care brand Sexy Hair’s choice to use the blonde star’s image in a new campaign while a little nontraditional is a smart move–who else has such universal recognition? In the advertisements, Marilyn is depicted next to products such as their “Spray and Play” line juxtaposed with the late actress’s quotes like, “If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.” Continue reading »

Giant Image of Marilyn Monroe is Grown in a Japanese Rice Field

The image of Marilyn Monroe is made from nine rice species with seven different colors has popped up on a rice filed in Inakadatemura, Aomori prefecture, northern Japan. (AP/Daily Mail) Continue reading »

“Marilyn in New York” Exhibit at the 42nd St. Subway Station

Sam Shaw’s photographs are on display during the “Marilyn in New York” exhibit at the 42nd St. subway station for the B,D,F,M and 7 lines in New York. The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s “Arts for Transit” program. The show opened Thursday and will be up for a year. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press) Continue reading »

Marilyn Monroe in New York by Ed Feingersh, 1955

“1955 was a year of change for Marilyn Monroe. After leaving Hollywood for New York, and abandoning her contract with Twentieth Century Fox, Marilyn was no longer “just a dumb blonde”, but a true renegade. In January, Marilyn formed a production company with photographer Milton Greene, and moved into a suite at the Ambassador Hotel. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Setting up a Marilyn

A worker sets up the 65th Cannes Film Festival official poster showing Marilyn Monroe on the Cannes Festival Palace. The festival begins May 16. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Rihanna Drops $160K for Bedazzled Marilyn Monroe Artwork


Rihanna recently dropped $160,000 for new artwork, a Swarovski crystal bedazzled Marilyn Monroe portrait that glistens in the light because she reportedly identifies with the fallen star.

British artist Claire Milner was commissioned through Gemstone Creative to construct the five square-foot mural of Monroe for 23-year-old Rihanna’s Beverly Hills mansion. The artwork, which took four months to complete, is comprised of more than 65,000 Swarovski crystals weighing in at a total of nearly 120 pounds. Continue reading »

North Korean Artist Portrays Kim Jong-il as Marilyn Monroe

An artwork titled “Marilyn Monroe” by North Korean defector painter Song Byeok, which satirizes North Korean leader Kim Jong-il , is seen at his atelier in Seoul December 23, 2011. (Reuters) Continue reading »

Workers Prepare 26-Foot-tall Marilyn Monroe Sculpture for Unveiling in Chicago

Nick Valenza helps to put some finishing touches on “Forever Marilyn”, a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on July 14, in Chicago. The stainless steel and aluminum sculpture which stands 26 feet tall and weighs 34,000 pounds will be unveiled tomorrow and remain on display in Chicago through the spring of 2012. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene in the 1955 movie Seven Year Itch. (Scott Olson / Getty Images) Continue reading »

The Making of Marilyn


Fashion photographer Andre de Dienes’s life was changed forever one day in 1945 when he met a lovely young aspiring model named Norma Jean Dougherty. He instantly fell in love with her innocence and charm and the two were briefly engaged. They took many adventurous road trips together in those early years, de Dienes shooting Norma Jean in every possible natural setting in his original, inspired style. He soon built up a huge portfolio of stunning photographs of the smiling brunette which helped to launch her model career and, a few years later, a film career that was to make her a legend.

His entire relationship with the star, including many private moments shared only between the two, is detailed in de Dienes’s secret memoirs, which were discovered when Monroe fans ravaged his home after his death in 1988. Never before published, the memoirs tell a beautiful story of love and friendship from the point of view of someone who knew Marilyn intimately; describing the transformation from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe— the evolution of a sensitive, ambitious girl into a deeply troubled megastar— from an inside perspective, they shed light on a little-known side of Marilyn.

Happy Birthday, Norma Jean! Continue reading »